$5 Dinner: Creamy Potato, Bacon, and Cheddar Soup


I made this delicious (and easy!) Creamy Potato, Bacon, and Cheddar Soup for dinner the other night, and it’s always a favorite. I will tell you from the outset that it’s really not a low-fat meal, but you could certainly substitute low-fat or fat-free cheese, sour cream, and butter to cut back on the fat a bit, if you’d like.


5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 chicken bullion cubes

4-8 oz shredded cheddar cheese

4 oz sour cream

1/2 stick butter

1 pkg bacon, cooked and crumbled

salt and pepper to taste



Place potatoes in a large stock put and cover with water. Add chicken bullion cubes and boil until potatoes are very soft.

Use a potato masher to mash potatoes (in the stock pot) until smooth.

Add cheese, sour cream, butter, bacon, and about 1 t. each of salt and pepper. Stir until well blended.

Serve and enjoy!

Note: This recipe is easily doubled for a large crowd.


Here’s how I made the soup for $5 from Aldi:

10 lb bag of poatoes at my Aldi is $2.69 – half of bag used =  $1.35

shredded cheese, 8 oz is $1.99 – half of bag used = $1

sour cream, 8 oz is $1.15 – half used = 58¢

bacon is $2.99 – half of package used = $1.48

= $4.41

Round it up to $5 for the butter and chicken bullion cubes used!



  1. Sounds easy and yummy!!

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